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Jun 30

Labour is offering the alternative

The Tories have lost their mandate – yet they push ahead with cuts to our NHS, schools and police, and, while paying lip-service to the fantastic work of our public sector workers, refuse them even a cost-of-living pay increase.

I voted for the Labour motion to lift the public sector pay cap. Unfortunately, the grubby deal done between the Tories and the DUP meant that the vote was lost by just 14 votes.

That is why we need to keep up the pressure on this weak Tory government. This weekend, Labour members will be out across Liverpool and the country putting forward our case for a labour alternative.

People working in the public sector have seen their pay stall since the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition government of 2010. They are paying a high price for the Tories’ failure to grow our economy.  And change a path of austerity.

For instance, nurses have experienced a 14 per cent real-terms fall in pay since 2010, while Fire Service pay has slumped by £3,000 at the same time as the number of firefighters has been cut across the country.

Our vote in Parliament this week showed that Labour is determined to get back into government and tackle the public sector pay issue.

But there is so much more to do as well, because the Tories are divided, depend on the DUP for survival and will not provide the political leadership our country needs.

Labour in government would invest in our National Health Service and deliver genuine equality of treatment between mental and physical health.

Labour would invest in an economy that puts working people first by introducing a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour by 2020.

We would tackle the housing crisis by building a million new homes and introduce security for private renters.

Our children’s futures would be protected in a new National Education Service that would reduce class sizes, offer universal free school meals for all primary school pupils and provide quality education for all.

It is clear after just one week of the new Parliament that our country needs Labour’s alternative plan. To find out more, please click here.